St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris is urging policymakers and practitioners in the region to find the formula for scaling up investments in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS.
This, he emphasized, required targeting the marginalized populations and those most at risk of the HIV infection; securing long term supplies of affordable first, second and third line anti-retroviral treatment; providing accurate and up to date epidemiological data for the region and disseminating it in a timely manner to shape policy.
He was speaking at the Caribbean launch of the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission report, Defeating AIDS- Advancing Global Health last Friday, during the CARICOM Heads of Government summit.
The CARICOM head with responsibility for HIV and health called on all partners to work toward to goal of making the Caribbean the first region to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Prime Minister Harris contended that the focus should be on populations at higher risks, especially girls and young women, men who have sex with men and commercial sex workers, emphasizing equality in treatment and prevention and eliminating HIV related stigma and discrimination which fan the flames of the disease.